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FLEXO Magazine : June 2014
converters, right through to industry analysts who focus on end consumer behavior—every facet of the packaging development and supply chain was represented. And they were represented in significant numbers: With 262 booths sold, there wasn’t an inch of floor space that wasn’t decked in blue carpet and occupied by either exhibitors who were making business connections or show attendees who were learning about the newest offerings. The view from the Convention Center’s second floor office window said it all: lively activity and a constant hustle and bustle at- mosphere. Seasoned INFO*FLEX attendees were impressed with this year’s show and amazed it continued to draw more and more compa- nies. Those new to the event were eager to dive in and explore. Both groups were clamoring to secure optimal space next year and many did, with 70 percent of INFO*FLEX 2015’s booths already spoken for. “INFO*FLEX was great. Lots of vendors were there and lots of people went through the show floor,” Stokes commented. “I heard from a number of exhibitors who said they had great traffic. Where else can you go and see all those vendors in one place? Nowhere.” The insight and experience Harkins Harrell gleaned from Forum 2014 will be put to good use when she returns as co chair next year with Jennye Scott of Berry Plastics Corp. Stokes, who will return to civilian life as an attendee in 2015, looked back on his two years as chair fond- ly. “What a rewarding experience this has been!” he exclaimed. SESSION SUCCESS Forum 2014 kicked off Sunday, April 27 with a Flexographic Quality Consortium (FQC) Meeting and Project Updates Session Apprais- al, which featured a presentation by Clemson University’s Matthew Furr, assisted by Mark Samworth of Esko, discussing Furr’s master’s research on color variation in 4-color and expanded gamut printing. Several progress reports were given and all were brought up to speed on the status of current research projects and initiatives. The session was well attended, with more than 100 filling the available seats. Many of the attendees were new to FQC and signed up to participate in the Consortium’s future efforts. C -P Flexible Packag- ing’s Greg Collins said that Furr “has a great future ahead of him in the flexo industry.” “He’s going to do great things for the industry,” remarked Angela Stone of Mother Parkers. Georden Elliott of Western Family Foods said the meeting had “amazing technical information.” That was followed by a session on expanded gamut printing, chaired by Robb Frimming of Schawk! and Kevin Bourquin of Cyber Graph- ics LLC and featuring presentations from Rick Pollard of The Procter & Gamble Company, David Franklin of David Franklin Design and Steve Upton of CHROMIX Inc.; the presenters were joined by Accre- do Packaging, Inc.’s Johnny Dye and Esko’s Samworth for an audience Q&A at the session’s end. “Nice range of speakers and topics covered,” remarked C-P Flexible Packaging’s John Paine. “A great expanded gamut session.” Referring to Franklin’s presentation, Ryerson’s Ian Baitz said it was “Useful to hear designer perspective.” Content was great and informative, com- mented Geoff Roznak of Great Northern Corp. Day one of Forum 2014 wrapped up with a session focused on man- aging pressroom efficiencies. Chaired by Ron Henderson of Clopay Plastic Products and Randy Green of Printpack, speakers included Vorne Industries’ Adrian Pask, Coveris’ Hank Welter and Tetra Pak Inc.’s Galen Croxton and James Seal. “Great manufacturing is about doing simple things to an exceptionally high level,” stated Pask, before launching into a discussion of Overall Equipment Efficiency. “Why would it be important to use something that is not a press to kick off these discussions?” Welter asked at the beginning of his presentation. “To distract.” With that, he produced a NEXT UP, NASHVILLE This year’s Annual Forum and INFO*FLEX may have just ended, but planning for 2015’s install- ments is already well underway. • Host City: Nashville, TN • Dates: May 3-6, 2015 (Forum); May 4-5, 2015 (INFO*FLEX) • Venues: Omni Nashville Hotel (Forum); Music City Convention Center (INFO*FLEX) • INFO*FLEX 2015 booth space already sold: 70 percent • Co-chairs: Jessica Harkins Harrell, Anderson & Vreeland; Jennye Scott, Berry Plastics Corp. 20 FLEXO | JUNE 2014